Joseph P. Farrell Ph.D
January 17, 2016
I hear a lot from teachers and their concerns about Common Core and its “individually adaptive computerized standardized assessment process,” which for me (and many others) has always been the central issue about the “program”. (Why the quotation marks around “program”? Because it’s a “program” in the sense that racketeering and Mafia “protection” is a program. It’s a “program” in the sense that every nutty fad to come out of the progressive education movement since the 19th century has been a “program.”) Putting parenthetical asides aside for the moment, the real problematic for me and many others – especially teachers – has always been the assessment process of the “program,” and not the idea that there should be some “common core” or standard canon of knowledge in each discipline. This individually adaptive assessment process constitutes the true Orwellian horror at the heart of the “program” that reveals it to be nothing but corporate welfare and a vast expansion of the corporate surveillance state, paid for by you the taxpayer with your tax dollars, and utilizing your children as the unwilling – and perhaps unwitting – participants.
For stop and think about it, a computerized individually adaptive assessment process is the standardized test, on steroids, not only empowering that hidden and anonymous “test preparing ‘elite'” even more, but one which now allows the corporations preparing and administering such tests to build up all sorts of profiles and to mine data, while making everyone else pay for it. Profiles from the individual and his or her habits, to profiles of regions, demographic groups, and so on.